LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Clovis American League All-Stars ran into a tough southpaw on Saturday and fell into the losers bracket of the state 11-12 year-old Little League tournament at Keys Park.
Artesia’s J.T. Bean scattered five hits and took advantage of some early scoring by his team in a 5-2 win over American.
American, which edged Taos 2-1 in a first-round game Friday, will face Albuquerque Petroglyph in a 10 a.m. elimination game today. Artesia advanced to Monday’s 1 p.m. winners bracket final against Carlsbad Shorthorn, which defeated Santa Fe American 7-3 on Saturday.
Artesia took an early 3-0 lead with two runs in the top of the first and another in the second. Clovis scored in the second and sixth on RBI singles by Lane Drake, each time driving in Mario Posada.
Left-hander Stefan Mills went the distance for American, allowing nine hits and striking out eight.
“He pitched a good game,” American coach Tom Drake said. “We just made a couple of errors (early) behind him.
“They threw a real good pitcher at us, a left-handed kid,” Drake said. “He had a good fastball and a good changeup.”
American 2, Taos 1 (Friday) — Brett Anderson threw a complete-game three-hitter, striking out nine, and got just enough offense as American survived its tournament opener.
Clovis managed only four hits of its own, including two by Mills. One of them came in the fifth inning, and he eventually scored what proved to be the deciding run on a single by Seth Bailey.
American tied the score in the fourth when Posada drew a walk and eventually came home on a single by Jake Burrell.
“It was tight the whole way,” Drake said. “There are some good teams up here.”